6 Cowboys Defenders on the Chopping Block if Dan Quinn Leaves

Will the Dallas Cowboys defense suffer if Dan Quinn leaves? Find out how his departure could impact these six players.
Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys / Scott Taetsch/GettyImages
4 of 6

3. Chauncey Golston, DL

Just like Viliami Fehoko in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Cowboys added Chauncey Golston in the 2022 draft with a certain role in mind. Built similar to Fehoko, Golston is listed at 6-foot-5 and 268 pounds and played defensive end collegiately. For Dallas, he's still technically listed as an end but when he takes the field, it's often as a defensive tackle.

Throughout his career, he's been an under-appreciated player. He rotates into the defensive line and offers a consistent tackler who has 79 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and three tackles for a loss over 47 games. Despite his low sack totals, Golston often receives a solid grade when it comes to rushing the passer from PFF — earning a 75.0 this past season which is 29th in the league.

However, there's a chance he too could be in trouble if Dan Quinn were to leave. Right now, the Cowboys don't operate in a normal 4-3 defense, but it's also not exactly a 3-4. Quinn likes to use multiple fronts which sometimes has Golston on the edge in a three-man line while also moving him inside on a four-man line.

Should another defensive coordinator come in, they might focus more on one scheme or the other. That could be an issue for Golston who might not be an ideal fit. What makes him so valuable to Quinn is the way he can move from one spot to the other, whereas another coach might see him as a 'tweener' and want to look for another option.